Home Office Decor Ideas and Inspiration

As I mentioned previously, I now have a home office. Now that I’m in the real working world, I’ve been browsing for ideas to make said home office a creative haven, oozing inspiration and ideas from every angle. And, for fun, I’m pretending that money is no object when designing my dream office. Here’s a few ideas I would love to recreate.

Since the closet is on the craft side of the room, this would work perfectly to store my ribbons and other supplies:

This is what I have in mind for curtains. This is a DIY project! Here’s the tutorial.

A little touch of these shabby chic and beachy ellements:

I want, no NEED this above my craft table! Ahhhh, it brings joy to my organization-loving heart:

Source: bhg.com via Emily on Pinterest

This is nifty, even though I don’t really need two small desks. But I love the colors and the file baskets, and the prints hanging on the wall:

This home office is from an apartment that was featured in Better Homes and Gardens a while back. I love just about everything about it: the blue and white ikat chair, bins of fabric, the weathered desk, the sort of nautical feel from the lamps, and all the organized folders, bins, and baskets.

Source: bhg.com via Emily on Pinterest

I love these lamps and the color scheme in this office, although it’s a little too bright for my taste:

Tucked-In Storage

Since I already have a black desk, this color scheme would be ideal. I love the beachy touch with the coral too, and I love blue and white china:

Around the Corner

I’ll take that Mac computer too!

What’s your organizing style? This fun quiz over at Better Homes and Gardens defines your organizational style and offers organizing solutions to fit your needs. I got “Librarian: detailed and a taskmaster, energetic, a perfectionist, sometimes to a fault.” Pretty accurate! Take the quiz, and let me know what you got!

Closed{Giveaway} Works For Me Wednesday, the Ultimate Tip Book

Update: The winner is…. Sabrina! Congratulations! I’ll be contacting you shortly!

Today I finally get to announce some exciting news that I’ve trying to hold in for several weeks:  I’m IN a book! Not one, but TWO of my very own blog posts are featured in We Are THAT Family‘s latest book, That Works For Me, an incredible e-book compilation of the most popular tips submitted to the Works For Me Wednesday link up.

With 800 tips submitted by real people facing everyday, real issues, That Works For Me is a one stop reference, similar to chatting over the fence with 800 next door neighbors!

The tips are categorized into Baby, Beauty, Blogging, Cleaning, Craft, Decor, Frugal, Garden, Gift, Green, Holiday, Homeschool, Hospitality, Kitchen, Laundry, Marriage, Odds and Ends, Organization, Parenting, Pets, Recipes, Time Management, Tech/Computers, and Travel.

I’ve only just begun to browse, and already I’ve learned how to make natural and inexpensive eye makeup remover, how to buy skinny jeans, where to find free blog bling, how to clean a showerhead and doors, and even how to design your own fabric.

Each section starts with a few words by the two women who put the book together, Jennifer Groot and Kristen Welch. Kristen’s intro to the craft section made me laugh out loud:

Keep calm and get your craft on.
I love arts and crafts. It’s the one thing we do together as a
family that brings unity and by unity, I don’t mean we always
share the glue. But art always produces something unique.
Notice I didn’t say beautiful.
– Kristen Welch, We are THAT family

You can have LOL’s, lightbulb moments, aha!’s and more with this e-book, all for $8.

One of the privileges of being in the book is that I got a free copy, but another is that I get to give away a free copy as well!

How To Enter

You can earn 2 entries to win a free copy:
1. Share this post on your facebook, and leave a comment saying you did so. 
2. Follow That Works For Me on facebook, OR twitter, OR pinterest (Whatever works for you! Haha!), and leave a comment telling me you did. 

The giveaway will run from today, April 17th, through Tuesday the 24th. 

Can’t wait to take your chances? Well, for you impatient people, here’s a coupon code for $1 off: SAVE1
And more good news: during the month of April you could win a free housecleaning! All you have to do is submit a tip of your own at the e-book’s website: That Works For Me.

Happy tipping! 

My New Home Office: Change of Scenery

I’m not a big fan of change. But Monday night, I had an idea: what if I made the spare room currently occupied by the dog my office/craft room? I mentioned it to Brian while we were eating dinner, along with the following list:

Pros: 

  • I’d have a whole room all to myself and my creative ideas.
  • The dog really doesn’t need his own room.
  • My desk and the dog’s crate are close in size, so it’d take a simple swap.
  • I could listen to my music without commentary from Brian (“Your music is weird!”)
  • Brian could listen to his music without my commentary (“Could you please turn that down?!”)
Cons: 
  • It would mean a change of scenery. 
Brian: “So, I’d have the rest of the house to myself basically? Let’s do it right after dinner!”
Me: “But wait! I’m not ready yet! I need to think about this some more.” 
Brian:

The next morning, I awoke to bumping and banging in the hallway. I knew instantly what was going on, even before Brian came in with a huge grin, “I’ve got a surprise for you!”

The craft corner:

This stuff was already there…but since taking this picture, I organized it and tidied it up. Unfortunately, I don’t want to take the time to re-take the picture, and besides, this is how it usually looks!
I’m hoping to put this corner to use to make some curtains for that window. 
The dog’s new spot: 
I still need to move that whiteboard, and ideally, add a cork board, or get something like this: 
Square Magnetic Dry-Erase Board - White
Also from Organize.com, I think I’ll use my graduation money for this office set: 
Semikolon Blue & Cream Office Collection by Pierre Belvedere
Since Tuesday, I’ve already created a few projects in my new office, including making cupcakes. Yes, cupcakes, but not edible ones – vector cupcakes in Adobe Illustrator, logo ideas for my web design client. I’m pretty sure the change in scenery is helping me think outside the box…or maybe it’s just that I can finally hear myself think? (Just kidding, babe!)

Death is Swallowed Up in Victory

Sometimes, a day is too wonderful for words. I’m just basking in all of today’s joy. Even being on facebook is an encouragement to me, since status after status is praising God for his wonderful gift of salvation. What a tremendous realization that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead is present in us! And the knowledge that Jesus conquered death itself, the thought of heaven, is so sweet to me this year, after the loss of my Aunt Joy. This is her first Easter in heaven, in the very presence of Jesus.

So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

55 “O Death, where is your sting?
O Hades, where is your victory?”

56 The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.



Happy Easter friends! 

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!